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residents to flee. right now more than 100,000 acres of prime farm land around craig is under water. on the souris river in minot, north dakota, floodwater is literally swallowing up the homes there. water has reached the rooftops in minot's low lying neighborhoods. about a fifth of the city looks more like a lake than a community. for reporter kim fundingsland, minot is his hometown. he's covering the flood for the minot daily news and joining us on the phone now. kim, you've seen what you thought was all you could see there in minot and now this. give me an idea of, i guess, the real complications of living it and at the same time reporting on it. >> reporter: well, a great question. it's turned out to be much worse than people would imagine. a great flood here in 1969 and a few folks still remember that one, but this one has far
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surpassed it by the homes that thought they would be fine today have water well up on to the curtain rods or to the gutters on the tops of the homes. devastation just unbelievable. and i'm a fortunate one, there is one dike in the city that is being built to keep the main thorough fare from one side of the river valley to the other side open. my home is below that dike and as we speak now dry. my normal commute to work in this town of 40 some thousand would be six or seven minutes, it is now an hour and 15. >> incredible. what about your neighbors there? give me an idea of, you know, how people were able to collect whatever belongings they could and then get out of the way and be part of that evacuation. >> well, they -- what they could is a good description. they didn't get everything. not many did. some did. it just has been absolutely shattering for them and now you
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go into the neighborhoods, into the edges of those evacuation zones and in many cases the water is beyond the evacuation zone. there is people standing with their toes and shoes at the edge of the water with tears in their eyes pointing at their home, trying to get a glimpse of how bad the damage is and estimate how much more water is yet to come. it is a tragic scene to watch. >> so, kim, tell me the situation where many people had flood insurance because it was required because it was stated that they were in a federally declared flood zone. and then that was lifted because some lines were changed, some reinforcements were changed along the river. and so now reportedly only one in ten people has flood insurance. and that's just as of last year. is that the case? is that your understanding? >> i have heard that number. i can't verify that number for you exactly. but you're talking about a floodplain within the city that is perhaps takes a quarter of
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the city, a quarter to a third of the city, i would guess. so not everyone would have to have flood insurance in minot and many in the valley were not familiar with the flood of 40 some years ago and others maybe became a little too complacent because the community following the flood of 1969 helped finance dams to be built in southern canada, they helped defend against this. but this year, even those defenses didn't prove to be adequate enough. >> well, we wish you and all of your neighbors the best. kim fundingsland, thanks so much, reporter with "minot daily news" and trying to deal with this on a personal note. good news that your home so far is dry. we'll continue to have good thoughts for you. >> thank you. >> thanks so much, kim. let's check in with alexandra steele in the weather center. so many people have lost so much because of that water that keeps
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rising. it is not finished, right? >> listening to kim, you know, with the dam being built, the onset of the financial crisis and with the release of not having to have flood insurance, a lost people let it lapse and now wow we're looking at centuries old eclipsing of incredible numbers of this flooding. so let's talk about why this is happening. we're watching and expecting this to crest at 1:00 tomorrow morning. but why? why this extreme weather? it just has been rain. here's why. let me set it up. the summer of 2010, last summer, an incredible soaker, a record-breaking in terms of rain, some months. the fall of 2010, one of the top ten wettest that period, and that's not usually what a wet period there. then the winter of 2010, last winter, record snow and record snow melt. so exacerbating this, this spring, the tipping point. we have had a very wet and we have seen the snow, this record lake snow and the snow melt, heavy spring rains and now the jet stream positioned to the north, like it normally is,
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along the northern tier of the country, including minot and the area that it is. and, of course, more rain and more showers and thunderstorms only exacerbating where we stand. so really an incredibly sad situation, kind of all these ingredients coming together for a few years now to create this record-setting event. here is minot. this is the current radar. we're going to expect to see showers and storms. you see a few of them moving to the north. the balance of the heavy rain, though, staying south of minot today. of course, any bit going to exacerbate what we have already got. the heat really the story. heat not getting as far north as minot. look at the swath of heat, temperatures all the way from albuquerque to dallas and houston, new orleans, all about ten to 12 degrees above average today. the heat certainly on full court and we're going to see it for tomorrow as well. so, of course, we're going to watch the heat continue, the showers and storms and really a scary scenario tonight. we're going to watch the river crest. >> leicea lot of just too much,
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right? thank you. appreciate it. the same sex marriage law takes effect in 30 days. new york governor andrew cuomo signed it last night, hours after the legislature approved it. new york will become the sixth state allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry following massachusetts, connecticut, iowa, vermont and new hampshire and the district of columbia, same sex marriage is legal there as well. sad news now. a pennsylvania high school football player is dead and another wounded in a shooting in a north carolina parking lot. the star athletes were on their way to florida football camp. and police say it happened after an apparent altercation with strangers. the father of the teen who died says he cannot understand what went wrong. >> for it to escalate to violence where you bring out guns, it is just senseless. it is just senseless. >> a 22-year-old suspect is being held without bond, charged with murder and assault with a
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deadly weapon with intent to kill. in florida, an abrupt unexpected recess today in the casey anthony murder trial. the judge wouldn't specifically explain what happened, only saying, quote, a legal issue has arisen. testimony resumes monday. overseas, catherine, the newlywed and newly named duchess of cambridge performed her first military duties as a british royal today. she and her husband prince william presented medals to about 400 soldiers of the irish guard who served in afghanistan. the royal couple also met with families of british soldiers who died fighting in afghanistan. the first lady of the united states wrapping up a six-day trip to africa this weekend. here are the obama ladies, right there, all of them, michelle, the girls, sasha and malia even first mother-in-law in botswana yesterday. the first lady visited an aids clinic there and spoke to women
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leaders. mrs. obama will be back in the united states monday. who doesn't dream about being a race car driver? joey logano definitely did and for him that dream came true. coming up, i talked with top nascar driver face to face about his passion for the sport. so what is it like when you look at the fans here, whether it is in the stands or here at the hall of fame? >> it is great. i think it is awesome. we wouldn't be here without the fans. there wouldn't be a hall of fame. there wouldn't be a joey logano the race car driver. we wouldn't be doing this interview right now if it wasn't for the race fans. trength bayer advanced aspirin. it has microparticles, enters the bloodstream faster and rushes relief to the site of pain. it's clinically proven to relieve pain twice as fast. new bayer advanced aspirin.
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dozens are dead in a suicide attack in afghanistan. here are a few of the international headlines now. the target today was a hospital in eastern afghanistan that included a maternity ward. several women and babies are among the 35 people reported killed. nato officials acknowledged today its aircraft mistakenly hit libyan opposition forces while targeting forces loyal to libyan leader moammar gadhafi. it happened thursday in the key contested oil city of al brega. nato says it regrets any possible loss of life or injuries. and peru's government is shutting down a private silver mine that is after five protesters died yesterday in clashes between police and people who oppose mining and drilling in southern peru. this week, the presidents of the united states and france
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both announced troop numbers and timetables for their military withdrawal from afghanistan. that makes the refugee group working there even more worried about the fate of thousands of afghan people, too afraid to go home. cnn pentagon correspondent barbara starr reports. >> reporter: so many afghan children still in terrible poverty. living conditions clearly show the despair. and as the u.s. military prepares to wind down its troop presence in afghanistan, these are the people left behind. during a recent tour of afghan camps, housing a growing number of displaced persons, the advocacy group refugees international shot this video. >> this year in first five months of 2011 we have more than 91,000 people fleeing their homes. this is in comparison to last year over the same time period where there were 42,000. so we're talking about double. >> reporter: refugees international says afghans
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continue to be driven out by coalition air strikes and special forces raids. general david petraeus has long said the military tries to be as careful as it can. but there are growing questions if often corrupt afghan security forces including local police are now driving afghans from their homes. >> we talked to displaced people who said that the afghan local police, which are supported by u.s. military, through afghan government program, are extorting money from people, demanding taxes, using their power to abuse civilians. they have also been implicated in allegations of murder and torture as well in these communities. >> reporter: providing afghan security, village by village, has always been key to the u.s. strategy for leaving afghanistan. >> we have been involved very closely with the afghans in this local neighborhood watch program, if you will. and much of the focus of our
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effort with the afghans has been involved in ensuring good human rights standards, anti-corruption standards, good identification, good connections to other security elements, you know, the more formal police structures and military structures. >> reporter: afghan government officials have often said they are already trying to improve their security forces. but refugees international says what they learned over there tells them that many of those critical local police units are now so corrupt, they would like to see congress not fund them until strict recruiting and discipline standards are met. fred? >> and barbara, the big gest fer for the displaced families. >> reporter: what you're talking about already, they're very fearful of going home. and in many cases they just simply can't. whether it's conflict due to the war, the taliban, or corrupt local police, in so many areas of afghanistan, the situation is so unsettled with or without
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u.s. troops that so many people feel it is just not safe for them to go back. >> i wonder, will there be some sort of transition plan? >> reporter: well, you know, there is a transition plan to afghan security and to having the afghans look after their country. but can they really make that transition plan part of an effort for these tens of thousands of afghan families to go back home to their towns and villages. that certainly remains to be seen. >> barbara starr in washington. appreciate it. saving young girls and women from sex traffickers. well, we'll introduce you to a tiny woman nicknamed the terminator. she's a big cnn hero.
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all this week, cnn has been shining a spotlight on modern day slavery. and in nepal, one woman has fought to save sex trafficking victims for nearly two decades, helping rescue and rehabilitate more than 12,000 women and girls. that earned her the title of 2010's cnn hero of the year. >> in the vast america, europe, if someone comes and says i want to make your child a prostitute,
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they would give them one slap or shoot them. but here families, they are tricked all the time. girls are brought from the villages by people who can use them and tell them that they are getting a nice job. the poverty in nepal is a conduit point of trafficking. once here, there is no way to escape. i am anuradha koirala. it is my strong hope to stop every nepali girl from being trafficked. when we go to the border exit points, we are intercepting four girls to five girls per day. after the rescue, the girl is taken to here. we started this. rape survivors, trafbing s intr survivors, we take everybody. the girls who come back from brothels, they are totally, psychologically broken. we give them what they want to
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do, whatever training they want to do. one day we will stop it and tra trafficking will end. there is always a small scar. yes, i was trafficked. but today i am something new in my life. they are my strength. >> actress demi moore recently went to nepal to work with koirala and cnn's cameras were there. tune in sunday night 8:00 p.m. eastern to see "nepal's stolen children," a freedom project documentary. we want to hear from you. tell us about the heroes in your community. send us your nominations to c s cnn.com/heroes. an abrupt recess in the casey anthony trial today. we'll tell you what we know about it next.
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an abrupt end to the day in
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the casey anthony murder trial. just as people settled in, the judge said court would be in recess. cnn's david mattingly is outside the courthouse. any better view as to why the judge made that call today? >> reporter: no, fredricka. definitely a layer of mystery on top of all of the movements that we have seen inside this courtroom. today, everyone was in place. before they brought the jury in, the judge and the prosecution and the defense all went behind closed doors, which is kind of unusual. they always have their conferences and a side bar out inside the courtroom where everyone can see. this time they went behind closed doors, emerged sometime later, and this is what the judge said it a very surprised courtroom. >> both sides condition occur th -- concur that a legal issue has arisen first thing this morning dealing with dr. fern that would necessitate us resetting for today.
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>> reporter: now what could this legal issue be? no one is saying at this point. it could be something minor that only affects the scheduling of this trial, pushing it perhaps a little later after the fourth of july. or it is something serious that could actually affect the outcome of this trial, something that might be a problem with a juror, a problem with evidence that has been presented in this case, a problem with one of the witnesses. we just don't know at this point. the judge not elaborating whatsoever and calling this a very abrupt halt to today's proceedings. >> they'll be back in court on monday. what is the expectation of who, if anyone, might be called as a witness? >> reporter: well, there were several people outside in the hallway, some of them looked like experts, some of them appeared to be part of the investigations that have been going on. no star witnesses that were waiting outside in the hallway today. the defense doesn't tell us who they're going to be calling up before the people actually come up.
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the only clues we get are from looking out in the hallway, outside of the courtroom, during the day to see who is out there. but today no star witnesses were looming in the wings. and we're still waiting to see what the ramifications of today's delay could be when we get things going on monday. >> even though there were -- a long line of potential witnesses, the defense said earlier in the week that it just might be close to wrapping up its case. might it have a change of heart? >> well, they had a very long discussion with this -- about this yesterday with the judge in front of everyone. and the judge started mapping out a schedule, figuring that the jury could be getting -- start deliberating, getting the case and start deliberating possibly a week from today. well, he hadn't accounted for a delay today, so we could already add one more day to the schedule, which pushes the jurors into the fourth of july weekend. so at this point, it is anyone's
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guess what sort of problems he might be having with the schedule or when these jurors might be able to actually begin doing what they're supposed to do. >> fascinating stuff. thanks so much, david mattingly in orlando. earlier today i discussed the casey anthony case with our legal guys, avery friedman and richard herman. avery talked about the casey anthony's mother, cindy, who was testifying this week. >> cindy anthony has been a very powerful witness in this case, probably up to this point the most dramatic witness for the defense. the difficulty in what happened on thursday and friday is that i think cindy anthony understands her granddaughter is gone, her daughter faces lethal injection with the conviction and she has taken off on the -- in a wild blue yonder on this issue of chloroform and chlorophyl. >> she thought her dog was sick,
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had eaten some bamamboo, she we to look for a component. do you think the jury buys that? >> it is so odd. i don't think so. look, chloroform was deleted from the computer 84 times. and there was no inquiry about that with cindy anthony. it is really a preposterous part of the defense. again, we understand cindy. we understand the loss of her family. we understand the motive for not being forthright about that. but it just is not working. >> what is interesting then, richard, then the prosecutor then spent a little bit of time with cindy trying to establish, well, here is the dates you may have been at work. might the prosecution be trying to figure out, all right, if she was at home, they have some time stamps of when, you know, the searches took place of the chloroform versus chlorphyl, it couldn't have been her, she said the computer could have been on and i'm not sure what the computer is doing when i'm at
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work. >> well, listen, fred, the bottom line here is, yeah, there may have been a punch-in at the office when she went there. she testified the records are gone. nobody can verify her work record whether she was there or not then. but this was devastating evidence to the prosecution. i'll tell you why. >> why? >> the entire chlorophyl, that's the murder weapon, that's what did it and premeditation that casey looked it up, she told them years ago in a deposition she was the one to do it. for the prosecution to get up in their opening and be so disingenuous and ignore this bombshell which cindy gave and you can't have it both ways, avery, can't say she's a great prosecution witness, and we love her, but she's a horrible defense witness. you can't do that. the prosecutor has to be very careful when they cross-examine her because she was one of their star witnesses. this was her testimony. she looked up chlorophyl.
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i think it is believable. they're going to take this information and run with it. it is very, very powerful. >> you can catch our legal guys every saturday at noon eastern. a look at our top stories now. a visit to a water park turned out to be anything but fun for six kids. they're in the hospital with severe gastrointestinal illnesses from an e. coli outbreak. environmental officials say they'll test chemical levels in the park's indoor splash pool before it is reopened. two men accused of plotting an attack on a military processing center in seattle are under arrest. they're facing firearm and terror-related charges. muslim leaders there talked about the case yesterday. >> if he has done something against the law, that is not peaceful, then we are against him too. >> investigators say the men
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intended to use machine guns and grenades in the foiled attack. a michigan parole board has voted to free former detroit mayor kwame kilpatrick. he served about one year of a five-year sentence on state charges linked to obstruction of justice charges stemming from his efforts to conceal an extramarital affair. he is scheduled to be released in about a month, but still faces federal charges. keeping watch on the rising river in minot, north dakota. we could see it crest in about nine hours or so from now. about a fifth of the city is underwater with the floodwaters already at record levels. now people in the nearby small town of sawyer are being told to investigate -- to evacuate, rather. more than 11,000 people in minot, north dakota, have already been forced to grab what they could and head for higher ground. stewart doll is one of them who had to make a run for it. he joins us now from minot.
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stewart, first, tell me what did you grab when you heard it is time to evacuate? >> you know, the first thing you grab is your family. i got two kids. i grabbed my youngest, she's 5 and i grabbed my son, he's 15, and he was a huge help. i tell my wife to just gather up what you need to live for that moment, clothes, some shoes, some underwear. your mind just goes crazy. you don't know what to grab, what you're going to need. and inevitably you end up just grabbing things that other people might find silly. there is always, you grab some comfort items and things like that, just, i think a lot of it is you're in shock because
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really there was very little warning of what was going to happen. like i say, it is mostly just clothes and make sure your family is safe. >> was the water already close to your house when it was time to go? or what kind of notice were you given when it was time to round everybody up? >> well, about -- i think about two and a half weeks ago there was a scare. we evacuated a lot of the stuff from our house. then nothing -- the water came up but didn't breach the dikes. we had kind of moved back into our house with just some necessities. and that was on friday. and then i believe it was tuesday, it hit again and the reports were this is actually -- this is the big one. so i guess really the warning was, you know, maybe two days worth of warning and the bad part about that is you think two days, that's a good chance, but to get a lot of things out, but
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it is not like you're moving to a different house. you're moving to somebody's garage. you've got a very limited space of where you want to put this stuff, and so you really just got down to bare essentials. what do i need to live right now and then you start thinking a little farther than that, what am i going to need to exist when i can move back into my house or -- >> and have you seen your home or heard anything about whether you will be moving back into your home once waters recede? >> well, you're not supposed to go back into the area, but i snuck back in to take a look. the closest i could get was about three blocks away. i could see the house behind us,
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and i could see our roof. and from what i could assess i would say the water is probably about four foot into our living room. >> oh, boy. >> so our basement is definitely flooded. >> what did you feel when you saw that? >> you know, i guess words kind of escape me for what i felt. it is a sense of despair, you just -- it is really maybe a check on some of the things that you hold dear. i was glad my wife was with me. i was glad my kids were safe. i'm thankful for my family. i'm thankful -- thankful we do have family here in town and they have been awesome. they have taken us in. this community that we live in is -- they're absolutely great.
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i mean, you ride around and there is people helping out people and strangers helping people move and there is so many nice things to say about our community that we live in here. everyone is so helpful and the mayor seems like he's doing a good job. i mean, the news crew here in town, they're informative, they tell you, and a lot of those guys are losing their house too. you can tell they actually care. i just can't say enough about living in this town with everything that is going on. it doesn't make it any better you're losing your house, but i shouldn't say that, i guess it does. it is comforting to know that people care for you and people care about you, even strangers around here, they care. >> so suddenly it has become an even closer knit community than you ever imagined before. did you all have flood insurance? is that even a thought that is crossing your mind at this point
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about, you know, whether you have it and looking forward to exercising that or feeling that defeat that you don't have it? >> you know, that's a great question. we had talked about flood insurance, but we don't live in a floodplain. and, you know, you ask them about it, you don't need it, you don't live in a floodplain. then you get to check in on it. there is so many stipulations on flood insurance. it has to come in at this rate, it has to -- it only covers just almost nothing. it covers structural damage. i think that's only like a percentage of it. it doesn't cover drywall. doesn't cover carpet. anything they deem that you can remove like carpet, which i don't know about anybody else, my carpet doesn't come up that easy. it is actually attached to the floor. so, i mean, flood insurance is kind of a hot topic around here. you feel like if you did have it, there are so many
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stipulations and this and thats on it, it would be worthless if you did. you know, it doesn't cover your washer, dryer, none of that kind of stuff. so, that's some of the first thing we got out of there, the washer and the dryer. but, you know, and then you start hearing about fema and word is now they have declared this area where they're going to help us out some, but i guess i haven't seen anything yet. and, i mean, my only reference point is sort of flooding or anything is katrina. and i guess, you know, you hear about trailers and things that were moved in for katrina. i haven't seen any trailers here yet. i mean, yeah, this community is great and there is people taking
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top nascar racer joey logano, number 20 on the track, has loved cars and racing since he was 6. now at age 21, he's smoking up the stock car circuit, face to face, at the nascar hall of fame in charlotte. he told me how much he both admires and is inspired by the nascar greats of yesterday.
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you know who he is? >> how are you? good, good, good. what's up? so, yeah, it is cool. we walk through here and a lot of fans here obviously. i think the cool part about this part of the hall of fame is you see all the race cars, how they changed from the beginning. and walk up the hill here and see, you know, how the race cars have changed. you got earnhardt's car and gordon's car, all champions and stuff in here. it is cool. you have modifieds down there, a neat race car. it is just -- they look pretty much the same as they did back then. >> how would that change your driving experience, you think? >> as far as being able -- being in a different race car? >> yeah. if you were in any one of these different cars? >> you got to be able to adapt. i was able to do growing up, drive a lot of different race cars and being able to adapt to certain race cars. so every one of these cars up this hill are driving completely different than the next. >> are you ever interested in
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indy or in truck or are you ever interested in formula? >> you know, racing is racing. i would want it drive anything. >> really? >> i love nascar, though. and stock car racing is where i want to be. i feel like that's where the best racing is. >> what is it like when you look at the fans here, whether it is in the stands or here at the hall of fame. >> it is great. i think it is awesome. we wouldn't be here without the fans. there wouldn't be a hall of fame. there wouldn't be a joey logano the race car driver. we wouldn't be doing this interview right now if it wasn't for the race fans. >> if something happens as soon as you get into an arena and you see thousands, 170,000 people in the stands, does that kind of give you an added adrenaline rush, does it make you nervous, do you think to yourself, my gosh? >> you don't realize when you're in the car, you don't realize there is a lot of people watching you. you just -- you go out there and race. >> turning on your gig. >> but when you get out of the
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car, i think it is really cool the night race. always something neat about it. there are so many fans there. that's one place i feel like a stadium. that place is full and they do the national anthem and fly over and all that. you're out of the car, you see it all and experience it and hear the fans, that's so cool. >> as you walk down here and look at the vehicles, you got a favorite or a fantasy ride that you see here? >> obviously the richard petty car here. bobby isaac's car. i think really cool, richey evans car up there, and the modified. for me growing up north, modified racing is huge. and to this day i got to drive one before. and it is the most fun race car i've ever driven. >> really? what makes that experience so special? >> the fact that it is just, you know, they're pretty light, they got a lot of rubber, and they have big fun. you ever get to watch a modified race at your local short track, it is the most entertaining race you ever go to. just crazy. you can beat and bang, cars are
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tough. and they're fun to drive, really fast. it is best short track car you can possibly have like that. >> is that probably because it is complete opposite with the stock car racing where, you know, you don't want to bump? that's not the objective when you're going 200 miles per hour. that's going to be a wipeout. >> we fight aeroeveiero every w when we go to the fast racetracks. people take the air off you and really adjusting what your car is doing while you're in there. so it is a different way. but the same thing is still happening. >> joey logano, thanks so much. all the best. i'm sure one day you and your car will be right in here. >> i hope so. in our next hour, face to face, i talk with both joey logano and nascar driver jason leffler about going so far in a sport that goes so fast. all right, the price at the pump could detour your summer
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officials in bulgaria were definitely not assumed when some artists took license with a monument. it's a communist era statue, a tribute to the soldiers of bulgaria in the 40s. someone made them look like comic book characters, call it art, call it vandalism, the color job did not go over well with everyone, so we have got an update. is there now an answer to who did this? >> there's no answer, the who dun is it still unknown. it was done in the middle of the night and it was also cleaned in the middle of night. but someone cleaned it up and
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there's speculation, some say it was the artists themselves possibly because they couldn't bear seeing somebody else doing it for them. >> washable paint. how they were able to do that and no one saw them. >> that's what they say, no one saw them. this is also a very serious debate and issue that's been going on for more than 20 years, since communism fell. those say it's part of bulgarian history. those soldiers gave their lives for the nazis. but those who want the monument gone, say we have to look at history objectively. they imposed a communist system and dictator ship for 45 years. one man said he had never seen a work of art stir up such debate
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in the country. we'll see where it goes but it hasn't been resolved. >> it's taking years in which it became an issue of debate. now there may be, i guess, a quicker resolution to addressing everyone's concerns? >> well, listening to bulgarian tv say they should have left it for a few weeks so people could actually evaluate this, debate it. a lot of people were appalled on both sides of the debate. they said this is not the way to do it, it was an act of vandalism, but it's a legitimate point, and we need to discuss it as a society, we need to come to terms with it. >> thanks so much from cnn international. i bet you remember who doesn't remember al jankovic, he's back with his latest parody, taking on lady gaga this time. in your legs,
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all right, it's back in a modified version kind of way, a viral video, alexandra steele with me to have a little fun with some things that have gone viral. last night we talked about
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something very interesting and now this too, appeals to a lot of folks. especially those who love weird al jankovic. >> there's no one bigger than lady gaga to spoof. here's his new take on lady gaga. ♪ i might be wearing something covered with beads ♪ ♪ it doesn't mean i'm a maniac ♪ >> they superimposed him, right? >> no, that's him, he's in drag. >> no. >> he kind of claims it's a costume parade. she was thrilled by it. she said you know what? it's a rite of passage for a big artist so we're all for it. >> we haven't seen weird al for a while. 1996 was his last production, and a come back with a big bang. >> what a person to spoof at
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this point, madonna or lady gaga. >> or michael jackson. thanks very much alexandra. a little fun with a viral video. we'll be right back. we share. shop from anywhere. and are always connected. we live in a social world. isn't it time we had a social currency to match? membership rewards points from american express. use them to get the things you love from amazon.com, ticketmaster.com, and more unexpected places.
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